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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Musical, Artistic, Awesome

Over two years ago, my daughter expressed an interest in playing guitar.  I picked an electric one at a garage sale.  It turned out to be a really good deal.  My daughter likes to play it.  She played it so much, the chord to the amplifier broke.  She shopped for other stuff as well.  Unfortunately, her favorite guitar teacher who used to play (for fun) with that guitarist from Linkin Park.  His family moved to Arkansas.  That was really too bad because we have not found a replacement for him at all.  But, we are not giving up.  In the mean time, my daughter's concentrating on her violin and piano.  It is  good to play a musical instrument because it's handy as a stress reliever.

She Loves to Play the Violin

My daughter loves to play the violin.  I did not know she was talented at it until she was accepted into a talented and gifted school for her violin playing.  She's first chair in her orchestra.  I studied the piano when I was little, but I was not any good at it.  I was glad to have taken it because it makes me enjoy my piano when I want to play for myself.  I would sometimes re-play some of the beautiful pieces.  I would certainly like to record my daughter's playing, especially now that she's so good at it.  It would help her improve her playing if she can play it back later on.  I would especially like to record those times when one of my children is singing while another is on the piano, violin and bass.  The youngest one does not like to play anything just yet, but I can tell he's fascinated about the violin.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Criminal Law by Russell Weaver, John Burkoff and Catherine Hancock

This is what I spent a good part of my Sunday with.  It is a good book, I think.  It is full of cases explaining the concepts of criminal law.  I don't think I have the whole picture yet since we are all laying the ground work for the good stuff on October 4 like Homicide.  However, the things we have covered like actus reus, mens rea, concurrence, causation, strict liability, and attempt are the basis of the analysis we have to perform on the finals.

That made me wonder why I have not practice an essay question on the 5th week out of 14th before the finals.  So, this week, I hope to do at least one essay.  Just one.  Then I can go on from there.  I cannot be shaky on my analysis on the finals because analysis is the bulk of the grade.

Friday, September 14, 2012

SMU Law Library

Sea Lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco

I hate the feel of panic when I am not ahead in my reading, have not finished my outline for 'testable chunks of materials' already discussed, in addition to a huge-ass memo due in 3 days.  So, I thought the best way to remedy the situation would be to go and waste thousands of seconds looking at pictures of my trip to San Francisco last August!

Okay, I didn't really.  I just happen to think how relaxed these sea lions are.  They were so relaxed, they practically poop while sleeping!  What a life.  But, I spend a little bit of time with my husband and watched three episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix.  Then, close to 2 PM, I drag myself to the library and started my memo.  Four hours later, it was all I did.  I read the cases, there were four.  I read the clients facts again, and then some more.  Then I write.

It takes a special talent to put together nuggets for rules and facts and somehow, meshing them together so that it comes out to be an objective prediction of client facts.  Now, do you understand why I need to look at my vacation picture?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Flat Screens

We decided to spring for a 60 inch TV, maybe it's 70, I am not sure, but it is big.  Our last one was a 50 flat screen which we moved to the living room.  The only place for the older TV is in front of the fire place in the living room because it will not take up space.  Besides, we do not use our fire place very much.  We have a heater in good working order.  Also, our fireplace is real wood fireplace and I just don't want to deal with the ashes and fires.  I had no idea that tv wall mounts came in different sizes.  I wanted to mount my biggest TV, but the highest mount that I can find is for a TV of 50 inches.  So, I had to set it on a TV stand.  I do not mind, the stand also serves as my lingeree drawer.  The TV is in my room, so it is okay to use it as such.  I like the wall-mounted TV because it is out of the way, and less chance that any of my five children will accidentally hit it when they spar with each other.

It Is Important

Plano Park
I had three wedding ceremonies all with the same person.  The first one is really more like a very grand 300-guest engagement party.  Then the third one was another grand wedding reception with 100 people.  However, I did not have professional photographer in any of those three weddings.  I would not change a thing, but if there is a regret in there, then it was about not having a photographer.  After the event is over, pictures is all you've got left.  Yes, I still remember the events in my mind, but I cannot show my children the full effect of it.  If I do it over again, I would hire someone like   philadelphia wedding photography or something similar.  Then I would have proof that those wonderful events happen, and I can share the pictures with my kids.  I can paint the scene with words, but remember what they say, "a picture paints a thousand words."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Torts Exam on Wednesday

Siegel's Torts: Essay and Multiple-Choice Questions and Answers [Paperback] Brian N. Siegel (Author), Lazar Emanuel (Author)
I spent over 20 dollars on this book at Amazon.  I wanted to practice multiple choice questions because my first exam is multiple choice.  We are only covering intentional torts, which is not the biggest part of torts we will cover this semester.  It is deceptive because we spent 4 weeks on this torts, when really, it is negligence that is going to take up bulk of torts for our finals.  We have 14 weeks of school, and all 4 weeks is on intentional torts.

This book contains 91 multiple choice questions, and about 15 question deals with intentional torts.  The questions are both easy and hard.  It is good to practice multiple choice questions because learning the Black letter law is quite different from applying it.  I like the easy questions here, too.  Like I said, our exam covers intentional torts in multiple choice.  I have read one or two essays question on intentional torts, and they are quite thorough. 

In ten weeks, I will probably have done all the problems in this book and more.  This book came highly recommended, at least the older version of this book was.  I rate this book a 4 so far.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (Audio)

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio

I obtained a copy from my local library.  I have to say that we have an amazing public library.   I saved it in my kindle and listened to this book from Wednesday last week and finished it on Saturday night.  I wonder if this was the reason that I was not one week ahead of my reading schedule!  I was only half a week ahead!

I like the voice of Poppy Wyatt the way Jayne Entwistle read it.  The book started with Poppy being engaged, and that is almost a deal breaker with me.  When a heroine started with engagement, that can only mean that she will have to break it at some point in the story.  Usually.  It is a pet peeve of mine.  Still, I like Kinsella's previous books, so I persevere and was rewarded with an entertaining Poppy.  She reminded me a lot of that Shopaholic girl.  The same absentmindedness, and comedy of errors in her quest to "help."  I think I read one reviewer sneering this heroine.

Yes, they might be similar in characteristics, but the story is still entertaining and isn't that what a person wants in a romantic comedy book?  If you enjoy Kinsella's book, then go ahead and read or listen to this book because it is worth your time.  Why only a 3 rating? Because I feel like Poppy and Sam did not get to know each other enough, or have that exploding chemistry that I want.  It is a personal preference.  However, it is quite like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth in that you can never really see how much Mr. Darcy loves Elizabeth Bennett.  This story has the same hero's restraint.

Book blurb according to amazon:
I've lost it. :( The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive :) !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her "happily ever after" begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.
©2012 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2012 Random House Audio

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I Want A Garden Like This

A neighborhood park very close to crooked Lombard Street

I saw this little park on the way to the most crooked street in San Francisco.  I was told there is another even more crooked, but the one in Lombard is the most famous.  Since my son and I were walking from Fisherman's Wharf, this park is a welcome rest.  I want my backyard to look like this except with garden fountains here in the middle.  Unfortunately, the more I think about it, the more impossible it becomes considering Texas summers is not at all pleasant!  I still think that during Fall, Spring and Winter it would totally rock!  Right now, I have sand pile 20-feet diameter and a giant trampoline.  I would building my garden around these two things because my boys still like jumping on the trampoline, and the new puppies we have loves chasing around on the sand pile.  I do not think they have used it for bathroom.  Still, a garden like this would be lovely.

Walking Around in Frisco

Lombard Street, San Francisco, August 2012

My 4th child and I went on a vacation for over a week in San Francisco.   It is becoming one of my favorite summer destinations.   The whole city is practically air condition around 65 plus or minus 10 degrees while the rest of the United States is sweltering in heat!   The cold air does not mean that we do not get thirsty as we explore the city.   We carried our own earth friendly water container.   In fact, we prefer carrying our own water.  It makes the whole walking thing pleasant.  I noticed though that past 32 ounces of water becomes a burden to carry, especially with those hills!  We stayed at Nob Hill during the first half of our stay.  In order to get food, we have to run downhill (you can walk, too, but it's more fun to run) and then uphill again afterwards.  Powell street from California to Union Square is a nice leg conditioner for sure.  We had lots of fun in that city.